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Each year, the Families Learning Conference planning team sets out to enhance the Conference experience by utilizing attendee feedback from the previous year. You asked for resources in funding and sustainability, educational content for working with parent leaders and K-12 students, plus more networking opportunities—and you got it!  From a film screening and “non-sessions”, to new content strands, this year’s Conference is a conference YOU helped shape!


Make the most of your trip by arriving early and staying late. We’re offering a pre-conference session on Sunday, Nov. 3 presented by Tim Shanahan, as well as a post-conference workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 presented by the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE). Both are included in 3-day registrations, but the pre-con is limited to the first 200 registrants to sign up.

We’re offering several new strands of content this year, including Parent Leadership, K-12 Education, Library, and Funding and Sustainability. Want to target your learning to one strand? Use the filter icon on the website schedule and select “Filter by Track” to view sessions in only one strand.


We’re offering up several opportunities to not only network with your peers but to learn in the process!

On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., we invite our early arrivals to participate in Clips and Conversations, which features snippets from the No Small Matter documentary followed by facilitated discussion. How can we utilize and expand our knowledge of children’s brain development to better support families in our communities? Facilitated by NCFL early childhood specialists, attendees will view and discuss three clips related to brain development, the opportunity gap, and children’s executive function.

Our “non-sessions” offer a way to go from attendee to active participant. Catch the Idea Exchange on Monday, Nov. 4 at 11:15 a.m. to share what works with your students and families, and hear what others are doing around the country. Or attend Bringing PhOLKS Together for Community Building on Monday, Nov. 4 at 1:45 p.m. to learn about a tool to build community among your students and families and to try out the tool firsthand with fellow participants.


What’s a trip to Kentucky without bluegrass music and bourbon?! In celebration of PNC’s and NCFL’s 25-year partnership, please join us on Monday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. for a Kentucky-themed Welcome Reception, sponsored by PNC! Enjoy a complimentary Derby beverage, delicious regional appetizers, and a cash bar as you listen to bluegrass music and partake in themed festive activities, including a fascinator-making station (complete with photobooth!). PNC Grow Up Great® will also bring its interactive traveling exhibit, the Mobile Learning Adventure, for attendees to visit during Conference—back by popular demand!

After several days of information gathering, what better way to unwind than with live music entertainment at the Hometown Throwdown? This banquet afterparty will offer attendees an opportunity to network, socialize, and groove to live music provided by NCFL partner, Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED), a youth program by Level Seven Recording Studios that aims to provide a safe environment for youth to explore their creativity through music. Enjoy desserts, a cash bar, live music, and a special ‘elevated’ performance to celebrate NCFL’s 30th anniversary.

Don’t miss all the new things in store this year at the 2019 Families Learning Conference. As NCFL celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, save $30 on Conference registration by using the discount code 30YEARS now through Oct. 4.

Register today!


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Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, it has invested in our organization’s Sharon Darling Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to guide potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers in their communities.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994, most recently in Louisville, Kentucky, to support Say & Play with Words, our pre-Kindergarten vocabulary-building initiative.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

U.S. Department of Education

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 12 grantees and 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement systemic evidenced-based family engagement strategies. NCFL was selected to lead SFECs in two states, Arizona and Nebraska, and is a primary partner for two other SFECs in Kentucky and Maryland/Pennsylvania. 

The SFECs work to support family engagement through state- and local-level agencies while providing both professional development to school districts and direct services to families related to children’s academic outcomes and overall well-being.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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